EJ Manuel on Bills camp: "It's going to be awesome"


QB EJ Manuel**

Q: You said no days off when you left in the spring. What have you been doing to be ready?

A: Just continuing to get better each and every day. Nothing that my other teammates haven't done, just continuing to work on the playbook and studying over that. I had a lot of conversations with coach as well as my other receivers and other quarterbacks too, just bouncing ideas off of them.

Q: What were you working on more than anything else?

A: I wouldn't say one thing more than the other. I think the biggest thing was continuing to go over the drops and stuff like that that we've been working on in OTAs. I have that down, so I'm looking forward to getting out there on Sunday.

Q: Did you get back with Ken Mastrole during the past five or six weeks?

A: A little bit.

Q: What kind of work did you do with him?

A: Just footwork. I pretty much explained my offense and what we've been doing here to him. Obviously that helps you when you are teaching somebody else. Also we watched a lot of film together too.

Q: What does he help you do that makes you keep going back to him?

A: Ken and I get along very well. We built that relationship during the pre-draft process. He's a guy that I'm going to continue to work with throughout my career.

Q: What are the emotions of your first NFL training camp?

A: I can't really say yet. I think I'll have more emotions on Sunday when you're ready to go out. Right now, just excited. This is my first time going away for training camp. I didn't do that in college, so it's going to be awesome. It is a beautiful campus out here in Rochester, nice city. I know the weather is not going to be crazy, like 100, 105. That's going to be a good part about it. So, I'm looking forward to it.

Q: Describe this opportunity. It seems like it's your job to win.

A: I think it's a huge opportunity. Being that I was drafted by the Bills, obviously I want to come out and make everybody happy, all the people in the front office and stuff like that. I think the biggest thing is continuing to get better every day.

Q: How prepared do you feel and how much progress have you made?

A: I think I've made a lot of progress as far as in the playbook and stuff like that. The best way to learn a playbook is to continue to read it over and over and over. I definitely made sure to do that every day when I had time off. So, I'm looking forward to going out there and seeing how I do.

Q: Do you feel any pressure going into your first NFL camp?

A: No, sir. I was telling Dustin (Hopkins) when we were driving over here, we're about to be NFL players. That is a big enough dream for me. So I don't really see it as pressure. I just see it as a great opportunity.

Q: When does it sink in that you are an NFL player?

A: I guess game one or first pre-season game or first practice on Sunday. I can't really say.

Q: Has it been a series of that since the draft?

A: It has been a series of firsts since the draft. Your first OTA, your first rookie mini-camp, your first time having time off as a guy who just got drafted and stuff like that. It has all been good.

Q: What do you think is the biggest thing you need to show these coaches that you're ready and you can start?

A: Just continue to always show the leadership skills. I think Coach Hackett just wants me to show I have understanding of the offense. If I can show that, I think I'll be fine.

Q: What are some of the things you brought with you to your first training camp?

A: I brought my Mac and a bunch of DVDs. I don't have a TV in the room or anything like that. I figure I'll be over here meeting with Coach Hackett most of the time anyway, so I don't really need something to watch. But if I do have some time off, I'll definitely watch some movies or something like that.

Q: What's the difference between today and mini-camp?

A: I think there are more cameras out here than at mini-camp, so that's probably the biggest difference. We drove over, so that's another difference. But I can't really say anything else is different. I'm glad to be out here seeing all my teammates file back in. It's an exciting time.

Q: To a tired fan base, they kind of look at you as a savior of sorts, with you being a first round pick and a quarterback. Do you feel any of that pressure from the fan base? A: Not really. I see it as a huge opportunity to do something that's great, not just by myself but also the rookies who also came in and the guys who are on this team already who have had rough seasons and stuff like that. We try to learn from those guys, but being part of the rookie class to me is very special.

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